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RCED-94-208R: Published: May 12, 1994. Publicly Released: May 12, 1994.
GAO provided information on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's (ASCS) disaster assistance payments for crop years 1988 through 1993. GAO noted that: (1) between 1988 and 1993, ASCS allocated $9 billion in disaster assistance payments for 1,265 crops; (2) of the $9 billion in ASCS disaster assistance payments, income and price support payments totalled nearly $5 billion for 1...
Commodity Programs: Flex Acres Enhance Farm Operations and Market Orientation
RCED-94-76: Published: Dec 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether 1990 farm legislation will reduce government costs and increase farmers' flexibility and responsiveness to market demands.GAO found that: (1) although flex acres are designed to reduce the government's agricultural support costs and increase U.S. farmers' market competitiveness, the total impact of flex acres on farm income is unknown; (2)...
Midwest Grain Quality
RCED-94-66R: Published: Nov 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed damages to the current year's small grain crop, focusing on whether: (1) market conditions justify significant discounts in grain prices; (2) large grain companies use a systematic discount system for low-quality grain; and (3) large grain buyers blend low-quality grain with high-quality grain and then resell it at normal market prices. GAO found t...
Multilateral Foreign Aid: U.S. Participation in the International Fund for Agricultural Development
NSIAD-93-176: Published: Sep 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. participation in the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to: (1) evaluate how IFAD has conducted its operations; (2) evaluate the agency's funding outlook; (3) determine whether projects are experiencing any problems; and (4) review the relationship between IFAD and the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID).GAO fou...
Food Safety and Quality: Innovative Strategies May Be Needed to Regulate New Food Technologies
RCED-93-142: Published: Jul 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on new food technologies, focusing on: (1) types of new technologies; (2) the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) response to new food technologies and the processes it uses to determine whether they protect consumers; and (3) unresolved regulatory issues.GAO found that: (1) in response to changes in consumer demographics and dietary p...
RCED-93-227R: Published: Sep 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed payment limitations governing the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) honey price support program, focusing on: (1) the statutory provisions that apply to payment limitations for the honey program as compared with those of other farm commodity programs; (2) payments received by honey producers and associated loan forfeitures for 1991 and 1992; (3) t...
Communications Within FmHA
RCED-93-120R: Published: Mar 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed communications between the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA) national office and FmHA field offices. GAO noted that: (1) FmHA uses data from operating reports to produce budget and cost projections, but the data collected are not accurate; (2) 30 percent of FmHA county offices had inaccurate operating reports; (3) 27 of 46 FmHA state offices bel...
Peanut Program: Changes Are Needed to Make the Program Responsive to Market Forces
T-RCED-93-18: Published: Mar 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1993.
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) peanut program. GAO noted that: (1) peanut farming has become increasingly concentrated as smaller farms have been consolidated to form larger-scale operations; (2) technological advances and other improvements have led to yields nearly five times greater than the yields produced in 1934; (3) in 1991, fewer than 22 percent of the peanut producer...
Pesticides: Adulterated Imported Foods Are Reaching U.S. Grocery Shelves
RCED-92-205: Published: Sep 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) pesticide monitoring program, focusing on whether: (1) federal deterrents are adequate to prevent pesticide-adulterated food from reaching U.S. grocery shelves; and (2) FDA is using its resources to maximize detection of adulterated shipments.GAO found that: (1) FDA has increased its testing o...
Data Collection: Opportunities to Improve USDA's Farm Costs and Returns Survey
RCED-92-175: Published: Jul 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Costs and Returns Survey (FCRS), focusing on: (1) FCRS scope and design, as they affect the quality and reliability of the data generated; (2) USDA procedures for granting access to unpublished data; and (3) USDA communication with users of FCRS data.GAO found that: (1) USDA methods for conducting FCRS ma...